Robin van Persie scores 19th as Man United blank Everton to open up 12-point lead

Everton had come from 4-2 down to snatch a draw at Old Trafford last season, a result that played a key role in City eventually overhauling their rivals to win the title.

updated: February 11, 2013 00:46 IST
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Manchester: Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie scored the goals as Manchester United opened up a commanding 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

With Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho watching from the directors' box at Old Trafford ahead of his team's Champions League tie against Alex Ferguson's side at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, United took full advantage of second placed Manchester City's surprise defeat at Southampton on Saturday.

Giggs opened the scoring early on with his first league goal of the season, maintaining his astonishing record of having scored a league goal in each of his 23 seasons as a United player, a sequence which now covers every year in Premier League history.

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